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Butternut kale baked millet

Greens and gold…this was my attempt last week at a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit for dinner this year. I was going to call it a baked millet risotto because it was modeled after this beautiful Martha Stewart baked risotto, only here was none of the painstaking care, or even semblance of systematic, gradual adding of liquids implied by the name. The reality was a literal dumping of eyeballed amounts of...

Balsamic roast vegetables with sweet potato mash

If I’d planned to write up this recipe to save, I’d have taken better  pics. Simplicity is splendid, but there’s a point it’s too obvious to state. But this last minute simple fix astonished me with the combination of ease, colors, and complementary flavors. The way the savory vegetables were accented by the sweetness of the mash. Originally, this was going to be a gluten free, roast vegetable tart...

Sweet potato and spinach muffins (gluten free, dai...

Last week, Little Monkey had an AWFUL cold.  Poor guy was congested with so much drippy, sticky crud, yet somehow remained in good spirits, with a whole lot of energy in between sleeps to boot. We tried to lay low and keep away from others so as not to spread our germs, but we didn’t exactly have a ton of “down time”. It was more like, hyper and sometimes fractious play at home followed by mommy trying to...

Simple cocoa oatmeal date cookies (sugar free, glu...

Why mess with perfection? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has a lot of merit, especially when it comes to saving yourself from grief over wasted time. When the “fixing” is more along the lines of healthy snacks and creative play, on the other hand…variety is the spice of life. Why the adage adoration today? I really can’t tell you why my brain is bouncing from one cliche to...

Recipe Roundup!

So a whole bunch of recipes for Ancient Harvest have been posted, and I haven’t had time to share the links! Rather than let this become like the email that doesn’t ever get sent because it’s not thorough enough though, I’m taking the  approach that a text is better than silence. Here you go, quick links, a little description: Kale, fennel and citrus quinoa salad: If you haven’t tried roasted...

Baking together: quick & easy take on Wacky a...

I’m worried I’ve been a little bit of a downer lately on this blog. Eventually, each post gets around to being uplifting–or so I hope at least–but I do persist in dwelling a little too much on time passing, far too fast. It’s not all I think about, but I am always thinking about it nevertheless. One thing about a toddler’s speedy, continuous evolution, it forces an inevitable recognition...

Dark chocolate date sauce/mousse

Here we go again, another short on a sweet. There are plenty of apt, descriptive words for this quick recipe, but all you really need (outside of love) are dates (plump, tempting, Medjool), dark chocolate (melted),and coconut milk (full fat). A little vanilla and if you’re feeling daring, a pinch of cinnamon is nice, too. Blend until smooth, and bask in the splendid sophistication… (Day 1 ) smooth, delicious,...

Garden harvest/Eat Your Veggies quinoa muffins

Things are awfully busy right now, and I’m sure all posts for the time being will be competing with one another for least verbose. This one could be an especially strong contender, being it’s yet another happy hack of the infinitely satisfying template provided by these quinoa banana muffins. These speak for themselves, too; and, not only are few words needed, neither are many ingredients. Gluten free, dairy...

Quinoa oatmeal pancakes

I’ve been sitting on this recipe a few weeks now, just waiting for the right sort of something to say alongside it. Now barely a full week into 2015, I’m already battling a case of over-crowding in the brain that tends to clog out clarity. The kind of mental chatter that attaches to guilt from at once taking on too much and not stretching to do more, or at least that’s the perception. Stuff  that needs to...

(Pretty) Healthy sweet potato brownies

The making of these brownies is a circle story. Not a poignant, reflective sort, like the serene and flowing journey of the seasons. More like (for my fellow children’s book lovers and readers) a Laura Numeroff style whilrwind, arriving at the start to conclude, with a whole bunch of silliness in between. It may sound pointless on the surface, but it’s been fun. First, there were these brownies from Paleo OMG,...

Recipe Roundup: Holiday recipes on the Ancient Har...

‘Tis two days before Christmas and no time for writing, but (for me) these links are kind of exciting! I’ll post them here quickly, but just want to say, I hope you’re all having the best holiday! (Sorry so cheesy… can’t help myself sometimes.) Ancient Harvest ingredients are sooo much fun to play with, and these recipes have been especially rewarding because I’ve made most of them...

Quinoa butternut spice muffins

I won’t wax on too much about how I love these muffins. That’s because they are just one of (hopefully) many knock-offs of these amazing and amazingly easy quinoa banana muffins I’ve been going bananas for and wish I’d created myself. This butternut squash version  is a worthy partner, with a just-right crispness on the tops, a warm, meltaway, lightly spiced middle. They are delicately, naturally...